|Image provided by Venezuelan television network Telesur, of French journalist Romeo Langlois (C), during his release, in San Isidro, Caqueta, south of Colombia, on May 30, 2012. Langlois was held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia since April 28, 2012. (Xinhua/TELESUR)
BOGOTA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday said that French reporter Romeo Langlois is in good health after being released by Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC).
According to the international humanitarian body, Langlois "is in good health" despite an injury on his left arm. Langlois had received treatment when he was held hostage in the jungle by the FARC, Colombia's oldest and largest insurgent group with some 9,000 members.
ICRC spokeswoman in Colombia Maria Cristina Rivera told reporters that the handover was completed in a jungle area in Colombia's southern province Caqueta.
The France 24 and Le Figaro correspondent fell into the rebels' hands on April 28 when the Colombian Army unit he had been with clashed with members of FARC's 15th Front in rural Caqueta province during an anti-narcotics operation. Langlois was shot in the arm in the ensuing gunfight.
Langlois, who was released on the FARC movement's 48th anniversary, said the rebels treated him like a guest and never tied him up.He did, however, criticize the rebels for using his capture for propaganda purposes.
Meanwhile, some Colombia's political figures, including former President Alvaro Uribe, praised the Colombian government's caution and sensibility in the rescue, saying it did not make any mistakes.
The ICRC reminded the FARC guerrillas via email late Wednesday that they should pay attention to their obligation to respect the lives and dignity of the civilians under international law.
French journalist confirmed hostage in Colombia
PARIS, April 29 (Xinhua) -- A French journalist was taken hostage by Colombian rebels during a mission in the country's southern region of Caqueta, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe confirmed Sunday.
Channel France 24's journalist Romeo Langlois, a French citizen who lives in Colombia and has extensively covered the South American country, was covering the army's crackdown on narco-trafficking for FRANCE 24 when he went missing, France 24 reported. Full story